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Emma M. Stirling

Miss Emma Stirling ran serveral homes for children in Edinburgh, Scotland including a day nursery which she started in 1877. Altogether she had 10 homes:

Miss Stirling was very activly involved in the drive to have the government pass legislation for the prevention of cruelty to children. Her organization, the Edinburgh and Leith Children's Society was the forerunner to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in Scotland.

In 1885, Miss Stirling leased a farm in Nova Scotia with two dwellings on the property. Hillfoot Farm, as it was known, had orchards, barns, saw mill, grist mill etc.

In 1886, Miss Stirling brought her first group of children to Aylesford, Nova Scotia sailing on the Caspianon May 25, 1886. The vessel sailed by way of Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland and then to St. John's, Newfoundland, arriving at Halifax on June 5. The passenger list states that there were 5 boys and 19 girls in the party. They were:

39490McPherson, Henry22
 McIvor [McIver?], Hugh13
39491Duncan, Mary18
 Ross, Margaret16
 Callender, Jane18
 Fagan, Grace11
 Lukes, Grace11
 Kerr, Rose10
39492Greenwood, Margaret11
 McLauchlan, Agnes5
 Lindsay, Mary11
 Wardlan, Agnes9
 Main, Agnes10
 Melinyer, Annie12
 Stoneman, Elsie9
 McIver [McIvor?], Lizzie11
39494Delaney, Bessie7
 Auld, Mary6
 Archer, Jeannie10
 Black, William2
 Wardlan, Margaret7
 Lang, William3
 Collins, Lizzie6
 Collins, Davie3

She continued this work until 1895 when the main building on the farm was burned to the ground. Miss Stirling also helped Dr. Middlemore place his children from 1893 until 1895 until he built his own receiving home near Halifax.

The Genealogical Society of Nova Scotia has some information on Hillfoot Farm.


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